Does my computer need to be on all the time to monitor?

Basically, the answer is no, however it also depends on the communication option selected and the data desired. The monitor continuously measures the power consumption and make the updated data available as often as every second.

The local computer does not need to be on 24/7 if:

  1. The data is sent to a DashBox Server via an STS cable or over the local network.
  2. The data is forwarded to web monitoring service that supports the ECM-1240 via EtherBee or EtherPort gateway.
  3. The data is sent to a home automation system
  4. A local computer is used to collect data but consumption detail/load profile is of no concern. When the computer and software restarts, the kWh consumption while the computer was off, is averaged and represents accurate kWh totals.

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